BOSTON TWP.: The Cuyahoga Valley National Park Invitational featured its usual assortment of talented runners and teams on Saturday afternoon.

Host Woodridge, Nordonia and Hudson were among the cross country teams in attendance, but it was nonlocal runners from New Philadelphia and Grand Valley who placed first individually, and Kenston and Fort Loramie earned team titles on the 3.1-mile course at Pine Hollow-Kendall Hills.

“A lot of big schools come here from around the state,” Woodridge coach Jeff Howard said under sunny skies. “It is good to see all these good teams here and this is a good test for us. It’s great for our program to have alumni come back and help, and I really like how our community supports our athletes.”

Aidan Herr of New Philadelphia won the boys race with a time of 16:45.5 and Grace Steimle crossed first in the girls race in 19:55.6. Kenston won the boys team title with 63 points and Fort Loramie scored 103 points to leave with the girls title.

A total of 234 runners and 27 teams competed on the boys side, and there were 176 runners and 19 teams on the girls side.

Nordonia finished second on the girls side with 113 points and Wood­ridge took third with 133 points. Kenston (136), New Philadelphia (166), Vinton County (191), Hudson (193), Tallmadge (209), Brecksville (250) and Kent Roosevelt (263) rounded out the top 10.

Nordonia coach Mike Martin was pleased with his girls team, which placed five runners in the top 28. The leading Knights were Kayla Vasarhelyi (10th), Lizzy Gurko (24th), Abby Rice (25th), Autumn Westbooks (26th) and Carmen Licht (28th).

The boys top 10 included Rocky River (83) Woodridge (127), Salem (181), Fort Loramie (181), Hudson (198), New Philadelphia (200), Brecksville (208), Nordonia (230) and Firestone (248).

“I am pleased with both of our teams’ performances,” Howard said. “The boys are going to have to figure out Rocky River. They are in our district and regional [in Division II], so if we want to get back on the podium [at the state meet], we got to figure them out.

“With the girls, we need to get healthy. Libby Howard and Sarah Frederick are both not running right now due to injury. We get more depth when they return. Our young kids are running great. We just lost a ton due to graduation.”

Tallmadge’s Kenna Loveless placed sixth in the girls race in 21:02.5 and Nordonia’s Kayla Vasarhelyi took 10th in 21:17.5.

Other area girls in the top 30 were Wood­ridge’s Molly Howard, Hudson’s Grace Turner, Tallmadge’s Ravyn Edge, Woodridge’s Jenna Kaiser and Anastasia Bakuhn, Kent’s Korrin Spurlock and Brecksville’s Emma Hamilton.

Woodridge’s Noah Perrin and Micah Blair finished fourth and seventh, respectively, in the boys race. Perrin crossed in 17:14.6 and Blair clocked a 17:24.3.

Several local boys were also in the top 30, including Brecksville’s Nick Bosley, Nordonia’s Jayden Wimbush, Tallmadge’s Ryan Riter, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy’s Daniel Ripple, Nordonia’s Matt Korodi, Firestone’s Jules Christensen and Hudson’s Alex Liesen.

Championship pedigree

Woodridge, which won Division II state titles for boys and girls last year, remains solid despite talented runners departing after graduation. Jeff Howard said his daughters, Molly and Libby, are both returnees from last year’s girls state title team, along with Frederick. Perrin, Blair and Dutt are returnees from the boys state title team.

Michael Beaven can be reached at 330-996-3829 or mbeaven@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the #ABJVarsity high school blog at www.ohio.com/preps. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MBeavenABJ.